3 Players the Bills Should Trade Up for in Round 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft
By Max Staley
From top to bottom, the Buffalo Bills have one of the most complete rosters in the league. Brandon Beane knows that landing one more instant-impact rookie might net this team a Lombardi Trophy. He's never reckless, but the Bills GM has proven he's not afraid to go up and get his guy, either.
We saw that aggressive nature in Round 1, when Buffalo moved up from No. 25 to No. 23 to secure Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam. It happened in 2020 as well, when the Bills sent a first-round pick to the Vikings in exchange for Stefon Diggs.
Point being, Beane knows when to pull the trigger on a big trade. If a prospect he loves begins to slip in Round 2, don't be surprised to see the Bills shoot up the board on back-to-back nights. Here are three players Buffalo should consider trading up for in Round 2 of the NFL Draft.
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3. Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
As a general rule of thumb, I'm against spending premium picks on running backs. It's a luxury pick, but it's one a team with an embarrassment of riches like Buffalo can afford. And it's hard not to picture what a talent like Breece Hall could do in this offense. Hall is coming off of two outrageously productive seasons at Iowa State, tallying 3,044 yards and 46 total touchdowns in that time. He more than backed those numbers up at the combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds and putting up a 40-inch vertical leap. Adding a special athlete like Hall in the backfield would completely transform this run game. As long as Buffalo doesn't have to surrender too much to move up for a RB, Josh Allen and Hall could form the most overpowering QB-RB rushing duo in the league.
2. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia Bulldogs
This is something of a pipe dream, but off-ball linebackers aren't valued like they used to be. And concerns about whether or not Nakobe Dean's size will translate to the next level could cause him to slip. If he does, the Bills should sprint to the phones. Dean is an ideal fit for the Buffalo defense. He would be the perfect short-term complement to (and long-term replacement for) Tremaine Edmunds, whose contract is up at the end of the season. If Dean is still on the board in the late 40s, don't be surprised to see Buffalo move mountains to go get the 21-year-old.
1. Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
Buffalo is swinging for the fences here. But if you're going to gamble on an unpolished receiver, you want to do it with a freak athlete like Christian Watson. A 6-foot-4 wideout, Watson's draft stock skyrocketed after he lit up the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.36 second 40-yard dash and showcased a 38.5-inch vertical leap. That's special stuff. He has a ways to go with the more technical aspects of his game, but the upside is hard to ignore. If he pans out, the downfield burner could take Buffalo's passing game to the next level.
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